These Millennials Are the Future of Local Governance

If you thought all millennials were busy watching TED talks and crying over spilt avocado toast in their parents’ basements, think again. In local governments across the nation, Gen Yers are a growing force to be reckoned with.

Time magazine just ran a great exposé on the precocious 20 and 30-somethings busting down the doors of city governments coast-to-coast. These include California’s very own Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, and Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton.

Local government has become a more attractive venue for many of these brave but realistic young minds who’ve tired of the cynicism and fierce partisanship in Washington.

“When I talked to young people and asked, 'Would you consider running for any office?,' they'd say, 'Maybe mayor,'" Shauna Shames, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University, told Time.

But while their stages may be smaller, their interests are big. Millennial electeds are gravitating toward larger-than-life issues like climate change and immigration. And many of them have been reinvigorated by the election of Donald Trump.

They’re doing things differently too. Millennial politicians are utilizing social media. They aren’t afraid to question their party’s orthodoxy. And, true to form -- having come of age in the era of smart phones and next-day Amazon deliveries -- they don’t want to wait to get things done.



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